“I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple, applying all the possible savings of the public revenue to the discharge of the national debt; and not for a multiplication of officers and salaries merely to make partisans, and for increasing by every device the public debt on the principle of its being a public bleeding… I am for free commerce with all nations, political connection with none, and little or no diplomatic establishment. And I am not for linking ourselves by new treaties with the quarrels of Europe, entering that field of slaughter to preserve their balance or joining in the confederacy of kings to war against the principles of liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson
How does the thinking of the creator of the Declaration of Independence square with the activities of George Bush and Barack Obama? -Dick Young
The Constitutional thought of Thomas Jefferson
by David N. Mayer
Noted here are a few insightful Jeffersonian views from Mr. Mayer’s fine book.
Page 186 “The true theory of our Constitution…surely the wisest and best, that the states are independent as to everything within themselves and united as to everything respecting foreign nations. Let the general government be reduced to foreign concerns only, and let our affairs be disentangled from those of all other nations, except as to commerce, which the merchants will manage the better the more they are left free to manage for themselves, and our government may be reduced to a very simple organization and a very unexpensive one- a few plain duties to be performed by a few servants.”
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